The RNA Summer Party was fantastic. I love the ambiance at The Royal Overseas League, and the canapes were delicious, especially those tiny pots of fish and chips (I had three!). But as always there are so many lovely people to talk to and only a limited time. I did manage to catch a few, and here are the photos to prove it.
I’ll be cheeky and begin with this year’s contenders for the Joan Hessayon Prize, because I’m happy to say I was one of them!
The contenders for the Joan Hessayon Prize for New Writers. Left to right: Carol McGrath, winner Liesel Schwarz, Jenny Barden, Liz Harris, Joss Alexander, Cathy Mansell, Serena Clarke, Anne Stenhouse Graham, and me. Best foot forward, ladies, as the photographer told us to!
All smiles, left to right: Judy Astley, Jenny Colgan, winner of the Romantic Novel Award, Rowan Coleman (shortlisted for the Romantic Novel Award), and Tamsyn Murray
Liesel Schwarz, proudly holding the trophy for the Joan Hessayon prize, Tim Ardizzone, and Mags Cullingford
Pia Fenton, our newly elected chairman, and Jon Astley
Party ladies, left to right: Giselle Green, Pia Fenton, Jenny Barden, Liz Fenwick, agent Carole Blake, and Janet Gover
Janet Gover, Liz Harris, and Liz Ringrose
Jane Bidder and Gill Stewart, the RNA’s newly elected Treasurer
Brigid Coady and Julie Cohen
Me and NWS member Karen Aldous
And, of course, many many more were present, but my poor camera refused to cooperate further!